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Moderna says it is increasing global manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to produce up to 3 billion doses in 2022.

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Moderna announced on Thursday that it is increasing the global manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to produce up to 3 billion doses in 2022.

The company expects to supply between 800 million and 1 billion doses this year worldwide. But it is looking to the future, as much of the world will still need a first round of COVID-19 vaccinations next year – and to be ready if and when people need a booster injection.

Moderna’s vaccine is authorized for use by adults in the USA, the European Union and several other countries. The company expects data soon from a US study of the two-dose vaccine in young people aged 12 to 17, and has started testing the vaccines in younger children. Studies on adjusted doses are also underway to better correspond to a disturbing mutant version of the coronavirus.

THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

  • Biden declared that “America is growing again” by calling for the expansion of programs to boost the economy after the pandemic
  • India breaks another record with 375,000 new cases as it prepares to expand vaccination to all adults
  • Up to a third of Mexicans may have been exposed to the virus in 2020
  • Some Californians cannot receive the vaccine, despite the increased supply

HERE WHAT’S MORE HAPPENING:

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is extending a month-long blockade over two weeks, as the country’s worst peak of coronavirus infection begins to subside, but remains alarming.

President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised comments late on Thursday that the second level of the most restrictive blockade now runs through May 14 in the metropolitan area of ​​Manila and four nearby provinces, a region of more than 25 million people. Mayors, however, reduced the nine-hour night curfew in the Manila metropolitan area to six hours to help distressed businesses.

Duterte is warning mayors and village chiefs that they can be arrested if they do not prevent meetings and other events that violate pandemic restrictions.

Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines surpassed 1 million on Monday, with deaths now more than 17,000, the second largest in Southeast Asia.

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